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Scholastic Chess Competition Coming To Westchester

Students of all ages and abilities excel at NSCF scholastic chess tournaments. This Saturday, area students will compete in the Westchester County Scholastic Chess Tournament being held at Church Street Elementary in White Plains.
Students of all ages and abilities excel at NSCF scholastic chess tournaments. This Saturday, area students will compete in the Westchester County Scholastic Chess Tournament being held at Church Street Elementary in White Plains. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Registration is now open for the 2016 Westchester County Scholastic Chess Championship being held Saturday, March 5 at Church Street Elementary, White Plains.

The tournament is open to area students from kindergarten through high school with sections organized based on grade. Trophies are awarded to the top individual and team performers.

Students do not have to be residents or attend school in Westchester County to participate.

The event is organized by the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, the leading provider of chess in education programs in Westchester County and Greenwich, Conn.

Competitors must be members of the United States Chess Federation. The NSCF has made arrangements for a discounted first year membership fee for new student members.

“Competitive chess for children is a chance to put learning into action,” says NSCF Executive Director Sunil Weeramantry. “In addition to the skills taught on the chessboard, children learn life skills from having to perform in a public setting. They learn how to deal with losing and how to win gracefully.”

In addition, the top player in each of seven grade categories who resides in or attends school in Westchester County will receive a plaque as Westchester County Scholastic Champion.

The top Westchester K-3 and 4-up school teams (sum of team scores across the related sections) will also receive plaques.

For more information or to register online, visit the Tournaments Calendar at www.NSCFchess.org or call (914) 683-5322.

Church Street Elementary is located at 295 Church St.

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